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Covenant Zahav Late Harvest Chardonnay

Covenant Zahav Late Harvest Chardonnay

Type: White
Variety: Chardonnnay

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The greatest dessert wines in the world are arguably from Sauternes, in France, where botrytis or noble rot is the key to a fine vintage. In the right conditions, botrytis will form on ripe clusters of white grapes to subtly perforate the skins. This allows water to evaporate and increases the concentration of natural sugar in the grape. Botrytis, which comes with the rain, is more common in Europe than dryer California. At harvest's end, in 2016, we noticed a block of unpicked Chardonnay from the Scopus Vineyard (from which we make our Lavan Chardonnay) harboring true botrytis. We pressed these ultra-sweet grapes and barrel fermented the juice with native yeast to produce this lush, late-harvest wine. A perfect end to great meal. But it also makes a lovely aperitif to start off with before dinner or just for sipping with friends.

Winery: Covenant Wines Brand: COVENANT
Variety: Chardonnnay Country: USA
Sub Region: California Type: White
Style: Dessert Vintage: 2016
Certification: Non-Mevushal, OU Bottle Size: 750ml
Characteristics: Citrus, Rich, Smooth, Sweet
UPC: 19962722417

This is an elegantly-styled, moderately sweet wine, showing hints of stone fruit, lemons and honey. It is medium-bodied and fresh on the finish.